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Is it too late to prune roses after the first frost?

I’m not much of a green thumb but I really want to try to keep these roses alive! Can I still prune them one last time if we got a frost last night? There are several blooms and even a couple buds waiting to open still. Should I cut those?

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One Response to “Is it too late to prune roses after the first frost?”

  1. meanolmaw on April 12th, 2010 8:58 pm

    you shouldn’t ACTUALLY prune roses until spring, when you can see what winter killed off….. but you CAN reduce the size of the bush a little to keep the winter winds from whipping it around or ice and snow from breaking it down…. just cut back to about your waist height…. and don’t do it until after a good FREEZE that takes the leaves off the plant… let it continue as is for now….. pruning encourages new growth and you don’t want that now….

    in spring do your shaping and removal of dead wood, crossing branches and injured or diseased canes…that’s the main pruning… depending on when your main bloom is, May or June, count back six weeks to do the prune then… hopefully your frosts will be done then, too… we do ours when the forsythia is in bloom…..

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